East Longmeadow football jumps on Northampton
NORTHAMPTON — It was hard for anyone to regroup when the East Longmeadow offense was on the field.
With a multi-threat running game, a quick-thinking quarterback and a no-huddle style, the Spartans’ countless weapons of speed proved too much for the Northampton football team and the Blue Devils fell 38-28 Friday.
“We fully expected to win this game. The biggest problem was, we just couldn’t slow them down. We couldn’t stop them,” Northampton coach Pat Sledzieski said. “We were pretty much expecting them to try and pass the ball like they’ve done in the past, and they pretty much just ran it on us. You’ve got to take your hat off to them. They outplayed us.”
The first half truly belonged to the Spartans (4-3, 3-1 AA), who scored three times and led 17-0 at the break. The main threat came in the form of quarterback Daniel McGuill (10 of 19, 161 yards passing, three touchdowns), who connected twice with Sam Blake for 41- and 5-yard touchdown passes in the second quarter, and added five points with his foot by kicking both extra points and a 25-yard field goal.
After East Longmeadow opened the second half with a 5-yard Tommy Kaye touchdown run to make it 24-0, Northampton (5-3, 2-3 AA) began to find its own rhythm. Quarterback RJ Ramsden (79 yards on 4-of-12 passing) connected with Daniel Mam for a big 29-yard pass in a drive that culminated with a 19-yard scoring run by Samuel Santiago.
Ramsden’s conversion pass to David Konowitch made it 24-8 with 5:11 left in the third quarter but McGuill responded less than two minutes later with another 34-yard touchdown pass to Blake.
Northampton kept things interesting with three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including a trick play in the game’s final seconds that saw Mam stepping in at quarterback and hitting Konowitch for a 25-yard score.
“To put up four touchdowns in the second half was fantastic. As much as we got close, they kept pulling away. We’d get close; they’d pull away. We just had a very difficult time stopping them,” Sledzieski said. “I think our guys played definitely hard, but too little too late.”
Ramsden led all rushers with 87 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries, while Michael Maggipinto led East Longmeadow with 70 and a score on six touches.
Defensively, East Longmeadow kept the pressure on, forcing three turnovers, including two interceptions.
The Blue Devils will look to bounce back against Longmeadow in Northampton on Friday at 7 p.m.
East Longmeadow 38, Northampton 28
East Longmeadow 3 14 14 7—38
Northampton 0 0 8 20—28
EL-Daniel McGuill 25-yard field goal, 6:05
EL-Sam Blake 41 pass fron McGuill (McGuill kick), 2:23
EL-Blake 5 pass from McGuill (McGuill kick), 0:21
EL-Tommy Kaye 5 run (McGuill kick), 8:53
N-Samuel Santiago 19 run (David Konowitch pass from RJ Ramsden), 5:11
EL-Blake 34 pass from McGuill (McGuill kick), 3:39
N-Ramsden 1 run (run failed), 11:11
N-Santiago 15 run (Daniel Mam kick), 4:53
EL-Michael Maggipinto 38 run (McGuill kick), 3:57
N-Konowitch 25 pass from Mam (Mam kick), 0:20
Passing: East Longmeadow: McGuill 10-19-161-0, Kennedy 1-3-33-0; Northampton: Ramsden 4-12-79-2, Mam 1-1-25-0
Rushing: East Longmeadow: Maggipinto 6-70, Kaye 9-64, Fazzino 5-39, McGuill 2-39, Bortolussi 3-18, Shea 4-11, Blake 1-7, Kennedy 1-(-9); Northampton: Ramsden 21-87, Santiago 3-40, Mam 9-34, Grimaldi 7-29, Renner 3-20, Barnes 3-7
Receiving: East Longmeadow: Blake 6-118, Fazzino 2-37, Bortolussi 1-19, Smith 1-18, Winslow 1-2; Northampton: Mam 2-42, Konowitch 1-25, Barnes 1-19, Wackerbarth 1-18